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Early fry numbers high at sturgeon hatchery

It’s too early to make an accurate count but it’s estimated more than 100,000 fry have safely hatched and started feeding at the Manitou Rapids sturgeon hatchery.

“It’s hard to tell because we haven’t inventoried them yet,” aquaculture technician Joe Hunter said Monday, adding they had to wait until the fry are an inch long before it’s safe to handle them.

Rain too much of a good thing

After weeks of hoping for rain, area farmers learned last week you have to be careful what you wish for.

Much of the district was pounded by heavy rainfall Friday night, causing drainage ditches to overflow and the La Vallee River to spill its banks over Highway 11/71.

Three other planes crash

Saturday was a bad day for flying across Northwestern Ontario, with three other plane accidents happening in the area.

Two of the three occurred near Atikokan, including one that involved a privately-owned Cessna 180 trying to take off from Steep Rock Lake just before noon.

Full house on hand at Manitou Mounds for funding presentation

Several hundred people were on hand Friday afternoon as Attorney General Charles Harnick presented Rainy River First Nations Chief Jim Leonard with a cheque for $1.4 million to continue work on the Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Mounds Historical Centre.

Chief Leonard said the funding reiterated the province’s commitment to the Rainy River First Nation and other native bands in the area.

Fish fry slated Friday

Organizers of the 28th-annual Manitou fish fry are expecting several hundred people to show up for it this Friday at 4 p.m. at the Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre Round House (Manitou Mounds).

Hosted by the Rainy River First Nation, more than 500 invitations were sent out to people on both sides of the border, including other First Nations communities.

Rainfall welcomed by farmers

The last two days of rainfall brought much-needed moisture to newly-seeded crops and pastures, causing district farmers to heave a collective sigh of relief.

But given the dry weather of late, people are still asking, “Is it enough?” Kim Desserre, president of the Rainy River Federation of Agriculture, said that all depends on where you live.